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Jill Scott Talks Social Media & Technology With Verizon (Video)

July 16th, 2013 by Christen

jill scott talks social media

jill scott talks social media

Jill Scott talks social media at Essence Music Festival

 jill scott talks social media 

Jill Scott sat down with Kevin Hart, Laz Alonzo and director Will Packer last week to discuss her latest projects with Verizon Wireless during Essence Music Festival weekend in New Orleans, LA.  Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times bestselling poet, and critically acclaimed actress are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before having the #1 album in the country with her new album, “The Light of the Sun”, performing at The White House, being named People magazine’s Top TV Breakout Star of 2010 and appearing on VH1 Divas alongside Aretha Franklin, the triple threat began her career collaborating with musical icons, The Roots, Will Smith, and Common in the late ’90s.

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Jill Scott never disappoints on stage!

Jill Scott never disappoints on stage!

Never limited to music, Jill Scott is a true multimedia brand across books, clothing, TV and film. Most recently, Jill was cast as the lead character in the HBO/BBC miniseries filmed on location in Botswana. The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency made Jill the first African-American lead featured in a one-hour, cable drama series garnering a prestigious Peabody Award. Before that, Jill starred alongside Tyler Perry and Janet Jackson in the #1 national movie series Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? and sequel Why Did I Get Married Too, as well as Lifetime Movie Network’s Sins of the Mother, the made-for-TV movie which became the second-most watched premiere in the network’s history. Scott also developed an intimates line for Ashley Stewart and founded Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation that has raised over hundreds of thousands of dollars to support minority students pursuing college degrees.  She most recently just wrapped up filming Woody Allen’s Fading Gigolo and Baggage Claim opposite Paula Patton.

 jill scott talks social media 

 

Check out what Jill Scott had to say about her use of technology below…

 

jill scott talks social media 

Discover more Jill Scott and her partnership as a Verizon Innovator at VerizonInsider.com, connect with her online at MissJillScott.com or on Twitter.com/MissJillScott.

Beyonce, Jill Scott & More Rock Essence Music Festival (Pics/Video)

July 9th, 2013 by Christen

What happens when celebrities, international entertainers and tourists from all over invade the city of New Orleans… it becomes the most epic Essence Music Festival experience ever!  Over 540,000 attendees from around the globe descended upon New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend for the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival, making 2013 the largest in the event’s 19 year history. (It’s no wonder why Priceline.com has listed New Orleans, LA the most searched destination for 4th of July Weekend!)

The epic weekend included:

The All-New ESSENCE Family Reunion Day hosting more than 55,000 people in Woldenberg Park featuring empowerment panels, family-friendly games and activities, exciting musical guests, delicious food from New Orleans’ best barbecue vendors, cooking competitions, fireworks and exciting musical guests.

First-ever partnership with MSNBC to broadcast live throughout the weekend from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, featuring shows PoliticsNation and Melissa Harris Perry, among others.

First official ESSENCE Festival App garnered 14,500 downloads and tripled ESSENCE mobile consumption throughout the weekend.  Plus, ESSENCE Festival was trending across social media, e.g. close to 50,000 Instagram posts and more than 24,000 uses of #essencefest on Twitter

An incredible performance by Beyonce to a packed Superdome stadium to close out the Festival, plus headliners Maxwell, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Brandy, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole and many others – comprising more than 50 R&B, pop, and soul artists across 5 stages each night at the Superdome.

One of music’s biggest weekends has come to a close, but the excitement is still going strong!  Check out some of our favorite celebrity moments, performances and candids of Essence Music Festival Weekend below…

 

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Beyonce seduces the stage during her performance of “Naughty Girl”

TGT got fans excited about their new album – Three Kings.

 

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Janelle Monae rocks the main stage in New Orleans!

 

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Maxwell got the Super Dome lifted…

 

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The ladies love LL Cool J in concert.

 

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Chrisette Michelle

 

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New Edition lit the stage afire…

 

Solange

Solange

 

Jill Scott never disappoints on stage!

Jill Scott never disappoints on stage!

Photos via Essence.com

Sponsors of the 2013 ESSENCE Festival™ include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors FordMcDonald’sMy Black Is BeautifulStateFarmVerizon and Walmart as well as official sponsors MSNBC, Coors Light, TV One and Visa Prepaid.

 

Did you check out the Essence Music Festival weekend fun in New Orleans or online?  Share some of your favorite moments below! 

Kevin Hart Explains Social Media, Box Office Success & Technology With Verizon

July 9th, 2013 by Christen

Kevin Hart Explains

 

With one of the biggest summer comedy movies of the summer, Kevin Hart celebrated Essence Music Festival this weekend with Verizon Wireless.  Joining a weekend cast of celebrity Verizon wireless customers which includes Chrisette Michelle, Laz Alonzo, Jill Scott, Marvin Sapp & Will Packer – each had a unique story and perspective about their love for social media, technology and the Power of Verizon Wireless.  

Kevin tweeted:

We are making history!!!! #LetMeExplain I just cried tears of f*cking JOY!!!! I have the #1 comedy concert film opening of ALL-TIME!!! WOW

This is why I work so f*cking hard….this moment is what I’ve been dreaming about!!! Thank you god & thank you fans!!! I love y’all 4 this

 Kevin Hart Explains

 Kevin Hart Explains

Kevin Hart Explains

Over the weekend, Kevin Hart’s film, Let Me Explain, had an extra impressive opening, taking in over $17 millions dollars!  And because the film only cost Kevin’s HartBeat Productions and CodeBlack Films $2.5 million to produce (the film was distributed by Lionsgate), you can see why everybody’s favorite funny man is laughing all the way to the bank!  Hart discussed his love for technology, supporting fellow actors & himself as a businessman below.

Essence Music Festival And Ford Fight Against Breast Cancer

July 6th, 2013 by Christen

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During one of the biggest weekend’s in New Orleans, Ford Returns to 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans for fifth consecutive year as the exclusive participating automotive brand.  “The ESSENCE Festival occupies a special place in the hearts of African Americans and particularly African American women,” said Shawn Thompson, manager, Ford multicultural marketing. “This relationship continues to allow Ford to go further as a company when it comes to not only our products but also our communities.

ford essence music festival

ford essence music festival

Ford is taking a new spin on breast cancer awareness support… discover more at DivasDriveInHeels.com

ford essence music festival

On Friday, for the second year in a row, the brand is activated what it calls “Pink Friday” in an effort to raise awareness around breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Discover how Ford Warriors in Pink is donating its efforts and funds in the battle against breast cancer at DivasDriveInHeels.com.

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2013 marks Ford’s 19th year of support in the fight against breast cancer. To date, Ford has donated more than $115 million to the breast cancer cause. The Ford Warriors in Pink line of apparel and accessories is available exclusively on www.fordcares.com.

 

Essence Music Festival: Escape To New Orleans Ep. 4

August 1st, 2012 by Christen

 

If you’re looking for the genuine New Orleans experience, look no further. Earlier this summer, I got the chance to explore the city, alongside Nate from WorldWideNate.com to get a bona fide experience of what New Orleans, Louisiana truly has to offer. As a native (of sorts), my lineage has roots in the Crescent city, however my experience is limited as I’ve only been to New Orleans once before at the age of 9. Thanks to the Ford Escape – I got the chance to escape to New Orleans and experience the rich history, delicious food & a certain je ne sais quoi – that’s authentic, only in New Orleans. Check out the final installment of ‘Escape To New Orleans’ airing on Essence.com this week – below.

Essence Music Festival: Escape To New Orleans Ep. 3

July 23rd, 2012 by Christen

 

If you’re looking for the genuine New Orleans experience, look no further. Earlier this summer, I got the chance to explore the city, alongside Nate from WorldWideNate.com to get a bona fide experience of what New Orleans, Louisiana truly has to offer. As a native (of sorts), my lineage has roots in the Crescent city, however my experience is limited as I’ve only been to New Orleans once before at the age of 9. Thanks to the Ford Escape – I got the chance to escape to New Orleans and experience the rich history, delicious food & a certain je ne sais quoi – that’s authentic, only in New Orleans. Check out the third installment of ‘Escape To New Orleans’ airing on Essence.com this week – below.

Essence Music Festival: Escape To New Orleans Ep. 2

July 17th, 2012 by Christen

 

Missing all the fun, excitement, music & entertainment of Essence Music Festival?  Don’t worry.  Escape To New Orleans episode 2 is here!  Recently, I got the chance to explore the city, alongside Nate from WorldWideNate.com to get a bona fide experience of what New Orleans, Louisiana truly has to offer. Thanks to the Ford Escape – I got the chance to escape to New Orleans and experience the rich history, delicious food & a certain je ne sais quoi – that’s authentic, only in New Orleans. From the Pralene Connection to the French Market and the haute nightlift of Frenchmen street – Check out the second of four webisodes airing on Essence.com this week – below.

 
 
 

Refresh Your Summer Style With Coca Cola & June Ambrose

July 11th, 2012 by Christen

Over the weekend two special Essence Music Festival fans were treated to an intimate style refresh compliments of Coca Cola and haute style guru – June Ambrose. Coca-Cola launched their “Style Refresh”contest, where two festival attendees text-to-win and were announced via the Essence Music Festival mainstage.  We caught up to June backstage at EMF right after the Style Refresh winners were announced to talk EMF Fashion Do’s, Don’ts and the one must-pack item for next year’s festival.

June Ambrose Backstage at Essence Music Festival after announcing Coca Cola Style Refresh Winners

On EMF Fashion Don’ts & Dos…

“I have turned a blind eye to the fashion don’ts seen during Essence Music Festival, however you can never go wrong with a flowy maxi dress during Essence Music Festival. That’s the one item that every girl needs to have in their suitcase for next year…” – June Ambrose

 

On Over-doing the maxi-dress trend…

“Try optional maxi looks, for example the mullet look (a maxi dress that is short in the front and long in the back) – it gives you a great alternative look while embracing the comfort and feel of a maxi.” – June Ambrose

The very next day, each winner received a shopping and styling experience with June Ambrose at Saks Fifth Avenue in New Orleans. We got the chance to meet with both winners as they shared their personal style, fashion consultation with June and what they had learned though this amazing experience. Check out the Coca Cola Style Refresh Press event where June talks style, motherhood & stilettos below…

 

 

 

Ursula Stephen: The Name Behind the Divalicious Do’s

July 11th, 2012 by Tiffany
There’s no escaping the infamous do’s by Ursula Stephen; Everyone has seen them. She is indeed the mastermind behind the most daring celebrity hairstyles right now. Divas and Dorks caught up to her during EssenceFest at the Motions Style Bar during a makeover giveaway. Excited to ask the creator of the most notorious hair styles about the inspiration and drive that has produced a buzz in the entertainment industry, I had to know how she got started.
Living in Atlanta I have many good friends that do hair. How did you get started doing hair?
– “I did hair in high school, and when I graduated it was the only thing I was really interested in. I didn’t know what else to do. It was the ONLY thing interesting to me. I thought, ‘If I was a stylist mad people would love me’.”
She was definitely right about that one.
So what did you do to get to the point you are at now? What would you tell these other aspiring ladies out here?
-“I went to cosmotology school after high school in Brooklyn. I just surrounded myself with everything hair. I did everyone’s hair. Sometimes for free just to prove to them that I was good. I always wanted more. I was always looking for a challenge.” Her advice: Just that. Always want more, surround yourself with your talent, and continue looking for the next challenge.
Ursula Stephen started with other celebrities like Remy Ma, Kandi Burruss, and Keyshia Cole. More recently she has worked with Kerry Washington, Jill Scott, Michelle Williams, and of course Rihanna. But when was her big break?
When did you realize you were that chick in the hair industry?
–(Laughs) -“Rihanna was definitely my big break.”
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I have to know, was the vibrant red color your idea? Or Rihanna’s?
–“I came up with the idea to do red hair a while before she finally decided to do it. At first she was a little hesitant, but one day she just came to me and said she wanted to do it. The shade of red she chose was a little brighter than I had expected… but it looked great!”
Ursula pointed out that Rihanna “trusts me completely” which allows for her to be creative and express herself.
I had to know: Which of your divas is the most technologically savvy? Or prone to always have the newest gadgets?
“Well all of them have their gadgets… but I would have to say that Kerry Washington is exceptionally smart. I will throw that out there; Most people wouldn’t expect that. But she is extremely smart. Like blow your mind smart. She has worked alongside the president in the White House.”
Special thanks to Ursula Stephen for taking the time to talk to Divas and Dorks, she is such a humble, talented individual!
Interested in winning a Motions StyleBar gift set filled with products, styling tools and more?  Comment below:  Which of Ursula’s clients have the best versatile style, or who would you like to see push their style to the limits more often?
Check out some of Ursula’s infamous celebrity styles in the gallery below…

#Celebr8UrStory With Verizon Wireless and Power Your Network!

July 10th, 2012 by Christen

During the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, LA over the holiday weekend – Verizon Wireless kept busy hosting several events celebrating life’s journeys ending with a celebration of your story.

In honor of Verizon’s Celebrating Your Story: Powering Your Network” campaign Verizon Wireless held a media brunch at the legendary New Orleans restaurant, Dooky Chase. The campaign, launched earlier this year in and effort to celebrate black history month beyond February, spotlights seven influential African-American leaders, including the 3 Doctors,  Pastor Marvin Sapp, actor Laz Alonso, trailblazers in sports Tia Norfleet and Malcolm Jenkins Dr. Steve Perry & DJ Beverly Bond. Throughout the dinner, Laz Alonso shared his story on how he’s constantly building his life brick by brick from BET to becoming an acclaimed actor in ‘Avatar’ and details on his upcoming NBC show.

During an afternoon of empowering conversation, candid stories of strength, tenacity and the will to build, grow and continue on the road to success – both Laz Alonso & Marvin Sapp shared words of wisdom and memorable moments.

Laz Alonso & Marvin Sapp speak during the Verizon Brunch at Dooky Chase

 

Guest media enjoyed intimate conversations with Laz Alonso, Marvin Sapp, Verizon executives and more over an authentic New Orleans buffet-style brunch consisting of Gumbo, Mac & Cheese, Fried Fish, Shrimp, Grits and more!  The afternoon concluded with a surprise Verizon gift which included a Verizon Pantech Breakout 4G LTE smartphone.  (Find out how you can win your very own Pantech Breakout 4G LTE below…)

Verizon Brunch at Dooky Chase

 

{Photo Credit: Chris Mitchell}

 

How would you like to win your very own Pantech Breakout 4G LTE smartphone (Valued at $359.99).  It’s EASY!  

 

Simply comment below and share your accomplishment or story that you’d like to celebrate and you’re entered to win.  IT’S THAT EASY!  We will select the best story on July 27th 2012.  

 

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